Welcome by Provincial Grand Master Bro. Andrew Duncan Millar
As we move into the recess for many lodges it is good to report that most are functioning more or less normally following the Covid restrictions setback and I expect all (barring any other restrictions) to be back fully operational after the recess. Should lodges have any issues arising from the earlier setbacks can I re-assure them that all at Provincial Grand Lodge stand ready to assist in any way possible to help them back to full operation.
It is hard to believe that that is Year 1 of the Commission over already although in effect we have only had 9 months of active operation.
And what a 9 months it has been Brethren …..thanks to you all.
The Province’s charitable work in that period has gathered such pace that the call for PGL involvement in the Glasgow Kiltwalk led to over 60 walkers raising the quite remarkable sum ( supported by the Hunter Foundation ) of over £86,000 for our chosen charity CHAS.
Last week, along with SPGM Colin Campbell and Kenny Wilson of Lodge Kirkhill 1230 , I had the enormous pleasure of presenting the cheque on your behalf to CHAS at Robin House in Balloch. We were most warmly received and we reaffirmed our support over the remaining term of the Commission.
Just last Saturday we had our first Family BBQ at Lodge St Thomas 306 where a further sum of £2,196 was raised for CHAS. My thanks to SPGM Bobby Ferguson and the brethren of 306 who went above and beyond to make the day such success. I hope the BBQ will become a fixture in our Masonic calendar.
Our work with local Food Banks continues and thanks to a brother who wishes to remain anonymous and David and Jamie Paterson’s logistical skills (and the support of our distributers) over the last 9 months, PGL has managed to provide , goods to the value of around £165,000 of much needed help to those less fortunate in society.
Our efforts will continue in this respect and I will advise you of ongoing and further initiatives to help in due course.
Can I just close by thanking you all for your unfailing support, encouragement and friendship over the last 12 months.
I would wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful recess and look forward to meeting you all again on our return.
There is much still to be done to assist those in need
Yours faithfully and fraternally
Andrew D. Millar
Provincial Grand Master
22nd June 2022